Caulfield Cup winner Mongolian Khan has been given a 1kg penalty for the Group 1 $6m Emirates Melbourne Cup (3200m) at Flemington on November 3.
Mongolian Khan received the penalty for his half length win over English stayer Trip To Paris in last Saturday’s Group 1 $3m BMW Caulfield Cup (2400m) at Caulfield and will carry 56kg in the ‘Race That Stops The Nation’ in a fortnight.
The Murray Baker trained four year old was asked to carry 55kg at Caulfield over the 2400m and the top Kiwi trainer has now worries about Mongolian Khan running out the 3200m of the Melbourne Cup.
“We’ve no doubt he’ll run two miles,” Baker told Racing.com’s Racing Ahead on RSN.
“He’s so relaxed.
“He’s usually the last horse to pull up in every race, he gets in that rhythm and keeps going.
“He’s bounced through the run.
“I wouldn’t even think he’s had a race.”
Racing Victoria’s Chief Handicapper Greg Carpenter said that ninety-two Caulfield Cup winners have contested the Melbourne Cup with eleven of them taking out the double, six running second and five third.
The great Kiwi mare Ethereal was the last horse to claim the Caulfield Cup – Melbourne Cup double in 2001.
Caulfield Cup winning jockey Opie Bosson is in fine form with three winners from his last three rides in Australia and Baker couldn’t laud enough praise on the top Kiwi rider who will be chasing his first win in the Melbourne Cup.
“He’s a very good rider, I think he’s shown that in the last week,” Baker said.
“He won a Group 3 for Danny O’Brien, he won the Cup on Saturday, he won the Seymour Cup yesterday – only three rides in a week, and he’s won three stakes races.
“Rider of the highest calibre – always been troubled by weight problems as a lot of them are, but beautiful hands and a great judge of pace.”
As well as riding Mongolian Khan to win the Caulfield Cup, Bosson scored a runaway win on the Danny O’Brien trained Miss Rose De Lago in the Group 3 $150,000 Nine West Ladies Day Vase (1600m) at Caulfield on Saturday and then then went to Seymour on Sunday to team up with Baker again to claim the Listed $150,000 Darley Seymour Cup (1600m) on Turn Me Loose.
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Following Saturday’s Caulfield Cup win, Mongolian Khan has been elevated to second favourite at $7 for the Melbourne Cup with Ladbrokes.com.au behind tough Japanese stayer Fame Game.
Trip To Paris is on the third line of betting at $7.50 ahead of the Chris Waller trained pair of Preferment at $10 and Who Shot Thebarman at $13.
Fame Game came under the Stewards’ scrutiny after making up many lengths in the straight to run sixth behind Mongolian Kahn last Saturday.
Stewards questioned jockey Zac Purton on his tactics on Fame Game from the 800m and the six year old was last of the eighteen runners at the 400m before weaving his way through the field under hands and heels riding.